By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Millington Trojan Head Coach Chris Michael welcomed parents and special guest to the 2014 Trojan Football Banquet to recap the season.
The Trojans went 7-3 in the regular season and reached the Second Road of the Class 5A playoffs beating Lawrence County.
Michael took the opportunity in the Fellowship Hall of the Millington First Baptist Church to say “Thank you,” to the parents for entrusting the Millington coaching staff with their sons over the years.
As part of the gratitude, the coaches handed out team awards, several academic honors and recognized honors from across the state.
There were 18 Millington players recognized All-District 14-3A this past season, with the team finishing second in the league. The Trojans had three Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game participants with Luke Bell, Angelo Pirtle and Patrick Macon.
Macon was also named to the TSWA All-State team as a linebacker.
Then it was time for the team awards with the Iron Trojans being honored, Kip Fleming, Artavious Thomas, Matt Peterson, Spencer Percer and Cameron Walker. Those players improved their weight lifting percentage and sprints throughout the season.
Other award winners were Bell (Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Year), Calvin Hodge (Scout Team Player of the Year), William Woodard and Thomas Daniels -pictured above- (Most Improved Players of the Year), Eldon Tyms (Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year) and Macon (Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year).
The 2014 Captains were (below left) Macon, Tyms, Pirtle and Dante’ Pitts. And the Trojan Award recipients were (below right) Artavious Thomas, Josh Taylor, Claude Johnson and Pirtle.
The Class of 2015 is also the peers of the late Dana Payne. With his retired No. 87 in the backdrop, Michaels concluded the banquet with words spoken by Payne’s aunt from his funeral. Michaels encourage all his young men to remember life is short and to use their time as Trojans to make themselves better in life.